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Walleye on the dinner plate

Walleye on the dinner plate

Walleye are predatory fish that are fun to catch and taste delicious. I talked with our aquatic section chief, Drew Cushing (an avid walleye angler), and asked if he’d share his favorite way to prepare the fish.


A rare sighting of the elusive Gila monster

A rare sighting of the elusive Gila monster

I saw a 2-foot, yellow-and-black reptile slowly crawling across the ground to the right of me. I gasped at how large it was — and because I’d never seen one and had no idea what it was.


Utah’s Serengeti

Utah’s Serengeti

I consider this a natural treasure that we can’t give up. It’s essential that we keep the Tabby Block protected in public hands…


Becoming a hunter

Becoming a hunter

Regulated, responsible hunting is the driving force that maintains abundant wildlife. And I made the decision: I want to be part of that. But I don’t just want to tell the stories. I want to make my own.


Living life to the fullest

Living life to the fullest

The hunter that I grew up watching on videos, and the editor and author of Bowhunter magazine that my dad read religiously for years, was the friend that was going to be hunting the Book Cliffs this year with my dad and brother.


Rabbits over reindeer on Christmas Eve

Rabbits over reindeer on Christmas Eve

I do not consider myself to be a traditional hunter. I’m still the only one in my family to ever hunt, and I learned to shoot a gun in my first job out of undergrad as a wildlife technician. Since then, I have used firearms to euthanize a variety of species including deer, wild pig, […]


Lessons learned

Lessons learned

He’s brought me to see the marsh we’ll hunt in just a few short days, and I’m under a spell. The magic of wetlands and waterfowl sunk into my soul that day, and it’s never let go.


Two of Utah’s best shooting centers

Two of Utah’s best shooting centers

The first time I visited the Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, I was just expecting to do some recreational shooting and relieve some of the stress. I never imagined this would be the start of more than 20 years working with shooting ranges, shooting sports programs and Utah’s Hunter Education Program.


How conservation officers spend busy season

How conservation officers spend busy season

We rely heavily upon the recreating public to act as our eyes and ears. Without you, we could not effectively protect the public’s wildlife resources.


Stopping time

Stopping time

My shaking hands quickly worked another arrow out of my quiver and adjusted my sight pin. I waited for things (mostly myself) to calm down until the buck turned broadside again, about five yards in front of where he stood before.


Living relics

Living relics

The first cutthroat entered the water on May 17. About 4,000 fish have been stocked so far this year, with 6,000 more to be stocked in the fall. As many as 20,000 additional cutthroat trout are expected to arrive over the next two years.


Relocating commotion-causing beavers

Relocating commotion-causing beavers

It turns out, without houses and businesses and schools in the mix, the things beavers do are powerfully transformative — and potentially healing — to the environments in which they live.